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The Crown’s Freddie Fox says having ‘rounded experience’ of sexuality gives actors an edge

The Crown’s Freddie Fox says having ‘rounded experience’ of sexuality gives actors an edge

  • Freddie Fox has joined the cast of The Crown playing Margaret Thatcher’s son.
Freddie Fox.

Freddie Fox has suggested that actors who aren’t entirely straight may have a ‘real advantage’ in the film industry.

Fox, 31, is one of the new stars in the fourth series of hit drama The Crown, which dropped on Netflix yesterday. He plays Margaret Thatcher’s son, Mark.

But he previously played Freddie Baxter in the two gay-themed television series – Cucumber and Banana in 2015.

And at that time he hinted his sexuality wasn’t entirely straight. Fox said:

‘I’ve had girlfriends, but I wouldn’t wish to say “I am this or I am that,” because at some time in my life I might fall in love with a man.’

He also said people can have meaningful relationships ‘no matter what sex they are’.

Now, in a new interview in the right-wing Telegraph newspaper, Fox has added to his comments.

Fox said: ‘I’m very interested in how the world is changing and how perceptions are changing.

‘If you look at someone like Rupert Everett, he would say that talking about his sexuality really altered the course of his career.

‘I think that being able to say that you have a more rounded experience as a human being, whether it be through sexuality, or whatever, is now perceived as a real advantage.’

‘Heroes now are totally different’

Fox also played opposite Everett in a London theatre production of The Judas Kiss. In the play, Fox took the role of Oscar Wilde’s young lover Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas.

But Everett has previously said being gay stifled his acting career.

Now Fox indicates he thinks things have changed and it’s easier to land leading male roles if you are not heterosexual:

He said: ‘Heroes used to look and sound a certain way which was, you know, muscular, white and male.

‘Heroes now are totally different, whether it be gender or sexuality, appearance, disability.’

Freddie Fox also talked to the Telegraph about his cousin, actor Laurence Fox.

Laurence Fox has launched his own political party based on ‘British values’ after making extreme comments about race and LGBT+ identities.

But Freddie says, although he doesn’t share those views, ‘I love him very much as my cousin’.